clang

verb
\ˈklaŋ \
clanged; clanging; clangs

Definition of clang 

(Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to make a loud metallic ringing sound anvils clanged

b : to go with a clang

2 : to utter the characteristic harsh cry of a bird

transitive verb

: to cause to clang clang a bell

clang

noun

Definition of clang (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a loud ringing metallic sound the clang of a fire alarm

2 : a harsh cry of a bird (such as a crane or goose)

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Synonyms for clang

Synonyms: Noun

clangor, clank, clash, whang

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Examples of clang in a Sentence

Verb

His fork clanged against the plate. The prison door clanged shut. The guard clanged the door shut.

Noun

the horseshoe hit the stake with a satisfying clang
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

For instance, in the top of the fourth, Wil Myers paused to watch a long drive that clanged off the right-field wall. Dennis Lin, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Padres' Clayton Richard allows career-worst 11 runs in Coors Field shellacking," 19 July 2017 Infinity War promises to be a loud, clanging finale of a movie—and, because Marvel titles keep printing money at the box office, also a fresh start, a radical rebooting of much of the films’ staid world order. David Sims, The Atlantic, "How Marvel Is Rewriting Its World Order," 24 Apr. 2018 At one point several fans started clanging their Kings cowbells in the protesters' faces, leading to an altercation that left one of the fans sprawled on the ground. Ryan Sabalow, Jason Jones, Tony Bizjak, Dale Kasler And Ed Fletcher, sacbee, "Police work on plan to get fans safely into Thursday's Kings game. Will they show up?," 29 Mar. 2018 Three batters later, McCutchen clanged another solo shot off the right-field foul pole. Dennis Lin, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Andrew McCutchen hits three home runs as Padres fall in series finale," 30 July 2017 Moving the shifter feels like clanging a mailbox open and shut. Alex Davies, WIRED, "The Delightfully Nonsensical Slingshot Might Just Be the Future of Driving," 4 July 2018 David Peralta then cracked a rising liner to left field where Derek Dietrich seemingly had a bead on it before the ball clanged off his web for a charitable RBI double and a 2-0 Diamondbacks lead. Harvey Fialkov, azcentral, "Zack Godley's curveball helps Diamondbacks fend off Marlins in win," 26 June 2018 On Wednesday, the Padres’ 6-foot-5, 275-pound specimen stroked a 96 mph fastball on the outside corner and clanged it high off foul pole in right, the rookie’s third home run in as many games in the Padres’ 3-2 walk-off win over the Marlins. Jeff Sanders, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Franmil Reyes homers in third straight game as Padres walk off with win," 30 May 2018 On the next pitch — another 93-mph fastball — Anderson unloaded for his seventh homer of the season, this one clanging off the home run sculpture in center field. Matthew Defranks, Sun-Sentinel.com, "**Brewers Marlins head**," 10 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

As Nielsen spoke, another reporter’s phone began to ring with a mildly ridiculous melodic clang. Olivia Nuzzi, Daily Intelligencer, "Inside the Disastrous White House Briefing on Trump’s Child Separation Policy," 19 June 2018 Combat involves lots of blocking, with sparks flying as sword meets sword in a loud clang. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "How Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice's grappling hook arm changes Dark Souls-style combat," 12 June 2018 The key was the 12-string Rickenbacker guitar, a long-necked, futuristic-looking instrument sought out for its radiant, unique clang. Morgan Enos, Billboard, "The Byrds' 'Sweetheart of the Rodeo': A Track-by-Track Guide Ahead of the 50th Anniversary Tour," 5 June 2018 In fact, there's that sort of rattle and a clang to our entire cul-de-sac, and that's mostly on us. Chris Erskine, latimes.com, "Our house is a Renaissance smile — sly, fetching and a little troubled. Come on in!," 25 May 2018 Before pneumatic tyres, city streets were full of the deafening clang of metal-rimmed wheels and horseshoes on stone. The Economist, "People crave silence, yet are unnerved by it," 17 May 2018 Hemmed in by fast-growing condo developments, crumbling older houses, and the clang and wheeze of light industry, the park at Hannah and Peralta streets feels like an oasis. Andrew Simmons, San Francisco Chronicle, "Rodney Spencer and the struggles and rewards of a West Oakland urban farm," 27 Apr. 2018 The 360Heat are putting on a showcase, their flowing offense punctuated with the clangs of colliding wheelchairs. Katherine Fitzgerald, azcentral, "Wheelchair Rugby National Championship returns to Phoenix; local team defends title," 20 Apr. 2018 Unsurprisingly, the film’s frightening moments are often too focused on jump scares—loud sounds from off-screen, shrieking creatures, or even a clang on the movie’s (relatively minimalistic) score. David Sims, The Atlantic, "A Quiet Place Silently Jangles the Nerves," 7 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of clang

Verb

1576, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

Noun

1557, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for clang

Verb

Latin clangere; akin to Greek klazein to scream, bark, Old English hliehhan to laugh

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The first known use of clang was in 1557

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More Definitions for clang

clang

verb

English Language Learners Definition of clang

: to make or cause (something) to make the loud, ringing sound of metal hitting against something

clang

verb
\ˈklaŋ \
clanged; clanging

Kids Definition of clang

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to make or cause to make the loud ringing sound of metal hitting something The pots clanged together.

clang

noun

Kids Definition of clang (Entry 2 of 2)

: a loud ringing sound like that made by pieces of metal striking together

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